Some people are opposed to the revised building height revision for downtown Gig Harbor. I understand that the building height will remain the same at 27 feet, but the revision will allow two-story buildings with a flat roof.
I think the revision is just what Gig Harbor needs. How many times have we heard people say “I wish downtown had a (restaurant, bakery, meat market, a new retail store, bike rental, etc.)?”
In order for almost any occupancy, more space is needed. We all love the harbor — the views, the walks and the people. The city has done a great job of acquiring additional public property along the waterfront. The dock, the public restroom, the new property near Suzanne’s, the Eddon Boatworks property, Austin Estuary Park, Donkey Creek and the amazing daylighting project behind the Harbor History Museum. We also hope that the Cushman Trail can some day come down near the Gourmet Burger and the museum.
These changes encourage leisure-time use. The proposed revision does not restrict public access to the views of the harbor, it encourages businesses to try the downtown with a new idea and would enhance the enjoyment of the views. And don’t forget new tax revenue for the city.
The city has done well to spread the park use all around the harbor, and they all draw people to the harbor. Why don’t we give them a reason to stay and spend some money?